Stop by The Rickhouse, 717 Poplar Blvd., between 5:30 and 7:00pm Tuesday, October 8 to be the one of the FIRST residents to sign our Community Improvement District Petition!
What is a Community Improvement District? Before 2001, Mississippi law allowed special local improvement assessment districts to be formed to supplement city services and enhance property values and quality of life. That legislation “sunset” (it expired) in 2001. For more than a decade, the Greater Belhaven Foundation has worked with legislators and community leaders to get it re-enacted, and in 2019, House Bill 1612 was passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor. The passage of this Special Local Improvement Assessment District Act once again allows communities to form special assessment districts in order to enhance their neighborhoods and property values. The proposed Greater Belhaven Community Improvement District is the first step toward creating a detailed plan to improve Greater Belhaven by taking advantage of the reenacted legislation.
In order to form our Greater Belhaven we must submit a petition showing that the owners of 60% of the taxable property in Greater Belhaven are in favor of creating the CID. Once this is done, the City will schedule a special election. If 60% of qualified voters within the district are in favor, then the CID for Greater Belhaven can be created.
Bring any questions you may have and bring your ideas for what we can do!